Is drinking too much alcohol affecting your sex life?

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Alcohol and your sex life
Alcohol and your sex life

Alcohol and Sex

Have you ever think that too much alcohol would make a negative impact to your sex life?
Drinking to excess can make having good sex difficult. Dr Abigael San, clinical psychologist and alcohol expert, says this is because alcohol reduces both men’s and women’s sexual sensitivity.

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“In both sexes, sexual response is reduced by regular and prolonged drinking,” she says.
“In men, drinking can cause difficulties getting and maintaining an erection – while women may experience reduced lubrication, find it harder to have an orgasm, or have orgasms that are less intense.”

Many people mistakenly believe that drinking is an aphrodisiac. However, over time too much alcohol can actually put a dampener on your sex drive.

Too much drinking is not a good idea
Too much drinking is not a good idea

Drinking too much over an extended period of time can turn a temporary condition like ‘brewer’s droop’ into full-blown impotence1. Drinking alcohol can also affect your fertility if you’re planning to have children. Women who drink over the low risk alcohol unit guidelines can take longer to become pregnant and can suffer from menstrual and fertility problems.
Recapture your spark

If you’re serious about not letting drinking get between you and great sex, then it’s best to try cutting down on drinking  all-together. Start by planning romantic nights that don’t involve drinking at all, or make sure that you keep the amount on offer to within recommended guidance of not regularly drinking more than 14 units a week for both men and women.

Practical ways to cut back on booze

Rather than criticising your partner’s drinking habits, acknowledge that it could be a good idea for both of you to cut down.

Practical ways to cut back on booze
Practical ways to cut back on booze

Some enthusiastic praise can help steer your partner towards what makes you both feel good. Compliments like “You look really slim now you’ve cut down on the pints” will help your partner feel positive about their choice.

Record your everyday drinking so at the end of the week you can see what you’ve consumed. Our free Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app or MyDrinkaware tool are perfect for this.
If you’ve got into the habit of drinking wine for dinner, try switching to a non-alcoholic drink choice instead or try dinner-only drinking.

Put away the money you would have spent on alcohol. Then, at the end of the month use it for something you can do together.
Use our calculator to find out how cutting back a little on alcohol can help you feel a lot better.